Huge tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway
Vehicles mostly cattle-carrying trucks remain standstill in a 20-kilometre tailback starting from Nandan Park area at Mirzapur to Joydevpur intersection in Gazipur on the Dhaka-Tangail highway on Friday. Photo: Star
Thousands of homebound people stranded on Dhaka-Tangail highway have been suffering as vehicular movement came to a halt since Thursday night.
Due to heavy rush days before of Eid-ul-Ahza and Puja, hundreds of vehicles got stuck in 20-kilomitre tailback from Gazipur to Tangail on both sides of the highway, the gateway of 26 districts including northern districts, said Omar Faruque, officer-in-charge of Kaliakoir Police Station.
Numerous capital-bound cattle-laden trucks and on their return after unloading the cattle largely contributed nagging the gridlock, highway police said.
The gridlock started to ease slightly around 1:30pm, the police official said.
Earlier in the morning, hundreds of vehicles got stranded both sides of the highway from Nandan Park and Joydevpur Chourasta of Gazipur to Mirzapur of Tangail, he added.
Vehicles were moving very slowly from Mirzapur to Elenga in Tangail since 10:00am, said Kamruzzaman Raz, sub-inspector of Elenga Highway Police Outpost.
The law enforcers also blamed the truckers and the drivers of other vehicles as they usually do not follow the traffic rules.
Arif Mia, who travelled to Tangail from Gazipur, told The Daily Star that it took him more than five hours to reach his destination where he used to travel the same distance in two and a half hours.
Additional traffic police have been deployed on the highway to ease the vehicular movement, police said.